Don’t Pass Up Those Free Points…

A Lesson Learned the Hard Way

A new semester has begun, and students are trying to shake off a summer of fun, re-immersing themselves into a new schedule. For the new college freshman, this means entering an entire different environment-one where they are no longer under the care  of their parents…at least not when it comes to the issue of grades. FERPA guarantees […]

Five “P’s” That WILL Aid Your Collegiate Success

...and Help You Get Along With Your Professors

As the end of summer approaches, the beginning of a new school year approaches. Incoming college freshmen will attend their New Student Orientation sessions with a mixture of excitement, fear, trepidation, and a myriad of questions: Will I make new friends? Will my new classes be hard? What should I major in? What do my […]

Three Helpful Tips to Avoid Cramming for Your Next Exam

I gazed wearily at the pile of books in front of me… “So much to do!” My eyes traveled to the clock on the wall, as I completed the thought, “And SO little time!” When I was a college student, my inclination when I was this overwhelmed was to ignore the problem. I figured that […]

Four Things to Bring to Class to Start Out the Semester on the Right Foot

(and Two Things NOT to Bring!)

As the end of August approaches, young minds turn from the fun activities of summer toward more educational pursuits. Many recent high school graduates look ahead with excitement (and a bit of apprehension) to the beginning of a college career-not quite sure what to expect, but eager to charge ahead into the unknown future. As […]

Professors are Human Too!

Three Questions to Ask Your Professor When Life Knocks You Down

Professors are human, too. This is a concept that seems foreign to many students. To a college freshman, professors sometimes seem iconic, untouchable, and almost godlike in their power, authority, and influence over the destiny of their students. Let me step down off the pedestal that some of my students have placed me on. Let […]

[Book Review]: “The Book of Man” by William J. Bennett

Portioned out into six categories, “The Book of Man” is a terrific book to share with males from 7 to 107, as it shares stories, quotes, examples, and poetry from nearly every area of a man’s life: Man in War Man at Work Man in Play, Competition, and Leisure Man in the Polis Man with […]

[Book Review]: The Matheny Manifesto by Mike Matheny

As a diehard Chicago Cubs fan, I will never…EVER find myself in a position to root for the arch-rival St. Louis Cardinals…but as a youth softball coach, I have just found a reason to root for the Cardinals manager, Mike Matheny… Matheny has written a brilliant new book, “The Matheny Manifesto,” and I read it […]

Is Your Life a Snapshot or a Filmstrip?

On a shelf in my office sits a stunning photo that my wife took at a hot-air balloon festival. This photo is a daily reminder to me that our lives are a filmstrip, not a snapshot. The image offers no hint of the time, money, and hard work that brought to fruition the majestic flight […]

Lessons I Learned From My Students

For eight years, I had the privilege of teaching math at Emerson High School, a Performing Arts Academy in Gary, Indiana. A magnet school, students from throughout the city had to audition and be accepted in a particular area of Performing or Fine Arts in order to attend Emerson. Despite the fact that Emerson was […]